Ducati might tie the knot with an Indian brand
Ducati always has had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off true bloody special motorcycles of unmistakable design and most profound sporting spirit.
Now, according to Economic Times, this iconic motorcycle manufacturer are planning to enter into a partnership with companies like Hero MotoCorp or Royal Enfield to have a new dig at possible engine manufacturing or strategic technology sharing capabilities.
2017 RE Himalayan, Classic 500 & Bullet 500 Launched In UK Gets Updated With ABS & Euro IV Compliant Engine
Royal Enfield surely seems to be taking some big steps; they have recently showcased the updated 2017 Classic, Bullet and Continental GT Cruisers with an updated Euro IV complaint engine and duel channel ABS setup. Besides the new ABS setup both these motorcycles also features a rear disc brakes as well which was missing in the earlier variant.
For all your information the 2017 models are now already on sale in the markets of UK with Cooper B which is actually a Royal Enfield Dealer in UK. Cooper B has already listed the following RE motorcycles in their website including the 2017 Himalayan with ABS, Continental GT ABS, Classic 500 ABS and Bullet 500 ABS.
The prices for the above mentioned motorcycles are provided below:-
2017 Himalayan ABS – £9,999
2017 Continental GT ABS – £5,199 (2016 CGT price £4,799)
2017 Classic 500 ABS (Chrome) – £4,899 (2016 Classic 500 Chrome price £4,199)
2017 Bullet 500 ABS – £3,999
We also have researched a bit and found out that the Royal Enfield UK official website too have updated their motorcycles list with the 2017 models. The updated 2017 list of motorcycles which are available in UK with dual channel ABS setup includes Continental GT, Bullet 500 EFI, Classic (500, Chrome, Desert Storm, Battle Green and Squadron Blue).
When I first heard that someone was fitting two cylinders on a Royal Enfield, I was gobsmacked and almost went off-balance. Then, things on my face changed, from squinting confusion to pale blank to the awestruck excitement that elated to newfound happiness one sees in a child receiving his Christmas present. I was startled enough to start making saliva bubbles, and I wasn’t even sorry for it.
There are not many things in your life that take you to a place where you can feel euphoria. Motorcycling is one that does it in the most humble of manners. The term ‘Motorcycling’ means a lot to many people. Some need it to commute, for some, it is about passion and adventure, others, it is their chance to get away and find more of themselves. And people like me, make it our bread and butter.
Then there are a few divine beings who build motorcycles as an extension of their self. Every motorcycle out there was someone’s dream once upon a time, and it is because they dreamt, we are blessed to be able to feel the way we do while riding. One such man is from Australia who never stopped dreaming about having, not one, but two Enfield engines powering the legendary marquee, the Royal Enfield. People call this dreamer as Paul Carberry and he believes in having fun, twice.
Everthing You Want To Know About the Royal Enfield Redditch Edition
This was actually a surprising move from Royal Enfield; the popular Cruiser manufacturer introduced special edition models for their Classic series towards the beginning of the New Year. The Classic 350 is the best selling motorcycles from Royal Enfield lineup and is the only motorcycle which has helped RE gain those amazing sales numbers.
The Classic is popular amongst the crowd for its old school styling and the new Redditch Edition will further give its sales figure a further boost. Redditch is a small town in UK which is located about 15 miles away South of Birmingham. This is the same town where the Royal Enfield Motorcycles were made.
The history says it all the Royal Enfield Redditch monogram first was used on the tank of prototype 125cc ’Royal Baby’ 2-stroke motorcycle in 1939. While due to World War 2 the plan of its production for the general public was put on hold but the motorcycle was adopted by the British armed forces. In 2008 the RE monogram, still encapsulated within a winged emblem was used on the Classic 350 when it was launched. The Classic monogram is still used in the Classic motorcycles engines of the present Classic, Desert Storm, Battle Green and Squadron Blue motorcycles, the Bullet 350 and 500, the Thunderbird cruisers and obviously the Thunderbird Cruisers as well and lastly on the Continental GT cafe racer.
Royal Enfield Classic and Bullet are entering 2017 in new colours
Your favourite touring companion – The Royal Enfield Classic, and the loyal – Bullet 350, are having a colourful entry into the New Year and ironically, they looks even the more retro and chic.
In 2016, the Classic range saw exciting and bold colours like the Battle Green, Squadron Blue, Desert Storm and the Classic Chrome. And for 2017, it is getting more youthfull.
Both the 350cc and the 500cc Classic motorcycles will get this update that comes in three new colour palettes: Red, Blue and Green. The Red and Green are borrowed from the Continental GT. The Blue however is new. It’s more of a Blood Red, Sky Blue and Leaf Green, and is restricted only to the tank section. The rest of the elements including both front and rear fenders, battery box, headlamp unit and levers will be as black as night.
Surprisingly, all sorts of vinyl graphics or stickerings including the coach lines will be omitted for the new colours and just the branding will be kept in white. Trust me, this clean look will get you addicted to it. What’s also new for 17’ is the saddle. It is freshly trimmed and has a crisp white piping running along its seam. This makes the motorcycle look more vibrant and animated, and you can go along clicking colourful photos along with it. Score!!
The Bullet 350 however borrows the Blue and Red colours borrowed from its cousin – The Continental GT. It is however not clear if these colours too are only provided to the tank region like the Classic or the entire motorcycle. This will make the Bullet too to look high-spirited and lively.
List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016
Like every passing year, the year 2016 too has proven to be one year which has only been progressive enough to make the Indian two wheeler market more mature and versatile. Almost all the bike makers of India did came up with something which was revolutionary and game changer for the price at which they are offered.
In this feature story, we are going to discuss all those significant all new bike launches in the mass oriented segments of the Indian two wheeler market, with some of them have been build up from scratch and are only redefining the segments and creating new records for value for money. Following are those all new bike launches meant for the common masses, with the criteria being sub-500cc category and below the price point of Rs. 2.5 lakh:-
The 2017 Indian Motorcycle of the Year is announced.
The year 2016 is coming towards an end and what a year it has been for the automotive industry in India. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. People have started investing in higher range of motorcycles that are lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. It just didn’t stop there. Players in India also fired all their pistons to go head to head with their foreign counterparts.
Not long ago had we featured the CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Awards which christened the Apache RTR 200 4V as their Motorcycle of the year. Christmas came a little early for TVS and now the celebration has doubled as their flagship model, the Apache RTR 200 4V has won yet another coveted award, this time it is even bigger.
It has now bagged the IMOTY (Indian Motorcycle of the Year) 2017 in a huge bells and whistles ceremony in Mumbai. It is the most credible and fancied awards in the country for the two wheeler segment.
Royal Enfield goes to the Land of Tomorrow.
It was 1955, the Indian Government required strong, tough and go anywhere motorcycles for its army and police force to cater to the then craggy terrains. Enter the 350cc ‘Bullet’. The first batch of motorcycles in India, manufactured by Royal Enfield of United Kingdom, put together in Madras (Chennai). The start of a revolution.
Royal Enfield entered the motorcycle industry more than 115 years back in the UK. This makes it the world’s oldest motorcycling company in continuous production. Since then they have been giving us with simple and resilient machines that are ridden across some of the world’s most exciting terrains.
After winning over customers in India, it has opened up an exclusive brand outlet in Melbourne as part of its growing strategy in Australia, Enfield’s new retail format which showcases “Pure Motorcycling” as its brand philosophy. The company already has over 32 dealerships across the country including New Zealand.
Comparison of entry level cruisers – Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 vs UM Renegade Sport S
In India, we have always been fascinated by the aspect of speed and thrill when it comes to the word ‘motorcycle’. Especially in our teenage days, when we see one riding a motorcycle, our dreams of owning one and opening up the throttle to the fullest on an open stretch are fueled up. The hands start to itch, to own a fast moving sportbike as soon as possible. This very trait of the Indian enthusiasts has led to the rising popularity of the sales of entry level 150-250cc sportbikes, as these are those motorcycles which form a stepping stone towards the world of motorcycling.
However, to the contrast, there is one more category of riders who believe to ride slow and enjoy each and every second of the moment of their motorcycling, by keeping a smooth and calm pace. These riders don’t want to rip off their throttles, but ride their motorcycle sedately. For such riders, the segment of cruisers prove out to be a big boon, for these motorcycles give you torque enough to climb a mountain, but the power delivery is something which is not as adrenaline rushing as a roadster of supersport, but has a relaxed nature in the way it shoots to higher rpms.
Previously, the Indian market hadn’t been that friendly with the cruiser motorcycles, with a very limited option of cruisers in India. However, in the past decade, the sales of cruisers has seen an instant surge and thanks to the rising popularity of brands like Royal Enfield and Harley Davidson which are traditional players in making cruisers, the cruisers too have started to have their own fan following. Talking about the former, Royal Enfield, from the day one, is making some of the most famous retro styled motorcycles, and only in the late nineties, it came up with its first ever cruiser, the Thunderbird 350, which since its launch, has remained an unchallenged cruiser in the lower end of the market. In its current generation model, it has only become better and evolved, with the facelift having a number of contemporary features.
Seeing the success of Royal Enfield in making cruisers and retro roadsters, the renowned American brand United Motorcycles, popularly known as UM globally, has made its way in India with two motorcycles for the time being, with the Renegade Sport S being one of them. Targeted specially at the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350, the Renegade Sport S has a slightly different and more contemporary approach towards the cruiser segment, with new styling cues and features introduced to this segment of entry level cruisers.
In this features story, we are going to compare the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 and UM Renegade Sport S, which happen to be the only two motorcycles in the entry level segment of cruisers (300-400cc), and find out which one emerges out to be better choice for the cruiser lovers in India. Here we go:-
5 Different kinds of Royal Enfields For Different People That You Could Buy In India
Royal Enfield is one motorcycle manufacturer which in recent years, has emerged out to be one bike maker which truly understands the needs and wishes of the modern day bikers and makes motorcycles as per their requirements. Easily the oldest motorcycle manufacturer of India, the company has evolved a lot in recent years, from a company which was in doldrums due to loss in sales to a company whose each and every model commands a substantial waiting period. This arising success of Royal Enfield is majorly credited to the vision of its head honcho, Mr. Siddhartha Lal, and the varying kinds of motorcycles it is offering today.
Speaking of the latter reason, the company has a wide range of motorcycles which cater to different kinds of needs and people. While all of them have a nostalgia factor attached to the previous generations of motorcycles which Royal Enfield used to produce, all of them are modern enough to make themselves as a motorcycle which can hold all the actions of today. The longevity and reliability too has improved a lot in recent years, which is why many enthusiasts are now beginning to show trust on the brand.
Following is a list of all kinds of motorcycles which Royal Enfield makes for the Indian market. All of them have different approaches to the world of motorcycles and enthusiasts related to them, but the one thing common between all of them is the pure passion with which they have been crafted. Here you go:-
Royal Enfield is readying its 750cc
When Eicher took over affairs of Royal Enfield into their strides, they basically revived the dying fire of the cult motorcycle manufacturer. Since then RE has been at the top of the game releasing products that got every motorcycle aphrodisiac’s blood racing. Right from the Classic 500 till the very recent Himalayan. These motorbikes spoke for themselves and the sales figures are the proof of this.
Now, the company is stepping into unknown territories. Both in number of cylinders and capacity. With Harris Performance backing their engineering team and with the newly launched Royal Enfield Technology Center in UK, RE has committed to foraying into higher capacity and better engineered bikes. Spied last year, we saw Royal Enfield testing a 750cc parallel twin motor under the belly of its Café-Racer designed motorcycle, the Continental GT. A modern retro rival for the Triumph Bonneville class.
Confirmed by a few sources (MCN and Economic Times), RE are going to invest a tune of 600 crores in their development for 2017 and will soon be launching a ‘significant’ bike accompanied by other variants. And we have enough proof to say that this ‘significant’ bike might be the 750cc spied last year. Features may include a carburettor rather than a fuel injection tech and oil cooling. Power output, although cannot be accurately said, is touted be in the range of 50 bhp and 60 Nm of peak torque. Although not official, it is touted to be called as the Royal Enfield Interceptor. Many people may not be aware of this but this name has already put on few Royal Enfields in the past, during its British period. 700 Interceptor, 692 Interceptor, and 759 Interceptor were the models, a sign of legacy and pride in the whole society.
Speaking to MCN, Siddhartha Lal, CEO Royal Enfield, stated, "Royal Enfield is the most profitable motorcycle company in the world in terms of percentages and we are thinking broader and thinking globally as we want to be the world leader in the middleweight sector." Lal also wants Enfield to stand for, “beautiful, stylish but affordable motorcycles” that have usable torque and keep true to the long history of the brand.
2016 Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 - Road Test Review
Passion, rebellious and single-handed reign – these three words truly define the path and philosophy of Royal Enfield towards two wheeler motoring. The immense fan base and the customer centric approach with its built-to-taste products, beautiful and fun filled rides and various programs make sure that no other motorcycle manufacturer in the mass market segment is as passionate towards motorcycling as Royal Enfield. The fact that Royal Enfield has chosen a path to make an altogether different kind of motorcycles and segments like retro roadsters, café racers, cruisers and now an adventure tourer truly signify the rebellious nature of Royal Enfield, where other manufacturers are busy in the rat race of churning volumes through commuters, scooters and sportbikes, none of which is manufactured by Royal Enfield, and it has no plans of making them in future as well. And lastly, the fact that it hasn’t been challenged by any other manufacturer till date, with no direct rivals to its motorcycles, has ensured that Royal Enfield is the sole player and ruler of its own playground.
Talking about one of the categories in which Royal Enfields has its mastery, the cruiser segment has not seen an alternative to the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 since the motorcycle made its inception in the Indian market almost a decade ago. Yes, Bajaj did came with the various versions of Avenger, but then, it is strategically positioned much below the Thunderbird 350, in terms of powertrain and pricing. The Thunderbird 350, on its very first arrival, was an altogether fresh wave of change from the otherwise retro styled roadsters under the ‘Bullet’ brand. Branded as a leisure motorcycle which is a treat for those who plan for long distance touring most of times, the Thunderbird 350, after the Classic 350, is the highest volume bringer for Royal Enfield. So high is the charm, aura and demand of the Thunderbird 350 is that even after decade long existence, counting in the four years of the current generation version, the motorcycle still commands a waiting period of almost 2-4 months. Yes, there is a 500cc version of the Thunderbird too, but then, it is targeted only for a niche audience who value performance more than any other aspect.
So, what all things and traits do make the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 such a special motorcycle in the hearts of enthusiasts? What could have been a better way to take the motorcycle itself for a spin and find out!
Royal Enfield Electra ES Is The New Name Of The Electra
There were rumours that Royal Enfield discontinued the Electra from the Indian market because of the low demand and perhaps in order to promote some more premium models like Classic. However that is not the case according to the latest report Eicher Motors has denied the rumours of discontinuing the Electra from the Indian market.
They also said that motorcycle won’t be taken out of the market but instead decided to rename the motorcycle to Electra ES where ‘ES’ stands for Electric Start.
An official said that the motorcycle is very much in sale and available across all the RE dealers. The motorcycle is available in four different colours which include Black, Silver, Grey and Blue. The officials also included that the name of the Bullet Electra was officially changed to Electra ES couple of months ago but because it did not showed in the website was the main reason people though that the motorcycle was discontinued. The only difference between the Electra and the Bullet 350 is that the former gets the additional Electric start option while the rest of the specification is identical.
The technical specification of the Electra ES too remains unchanged and it is powered by the same 346cc Single Cylinder, 4 strokes, Twinspark, Air-cooled engine which produces about 19.8 bhp of peak power at 5250 rpm, and 28 Nm of maximum torque at 4000 rpm.
Comparison – Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Honda CBR 250R
It might have taken a long period of time, but finally, Royal Enfield has come up with an all new generation motorcycle which completely deciphers the pre-conceived notions attached with Royal Enfields. With the Himalayan, Royal Enfield has carved out a very niche segment of motorcycles, which is indeed a special and exclusive one, yet is the most practical one for the Indian conditions – that of adventure tourers. The segment which was restricted only in the higher end segments with Triumph and BMW Motorrad being the only major players has now become much more accessible, affordable and practical with the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a much more refined and practical motorcycle to live with when compared to the other Royal Enfield motorcycles. It is a motorcycle which promises a lot with its ability of off-road as well as long distance touring, without compromising on the daily duties as well. It indeed is a one-of-its-kind motorcycles currently in the price band to which it belongs right now, but then, some of its attributes are being shared with some other motorcycles. Here in question is the ability of touring, which are already being accomplished by two other motorcycles in its class (apart from the entire Royal Enfield lineup, which will not be discussed here) – Mahindra Mojo and CBR 250R.
Last year, Mahindra did finally put up an end to all the anticipations and doubts revolving around its Mojo project, by launching the much awaited Mojo, which has received rave reviews for its mechanical prowess and long distance touring abilities. Not to forget the Honda CBR 250R, the only fully faired sports tourer in this price, which was the first motorcycle in this price bracket to trigger the want of touring motorcycles with its punchy and refined engine as well as comfortable ergonomics.
In this story, we are going to compare the Royal Enfield Himalayan, Mahindra Mojo and CBR 250R, and find out which motorcycle emerges out to be the best of all the worlds, with the touring abilities being the topmost priority. Here we go:-
Royal Enfield Electra Discontinued
Royal Enfield has decided to discontinue the Electra Cruiser from their lineup. This decision was taken to promote sales of other motorcycles of their lineup. RE’s current lineup now consists of their flagship motorcycle the Continental GT, their recently introduced Himalayan tourer, Thunderbird (350 & 500), Classic (350 & 500) and the Bullet range which also consists of the 350 cc and the 500 cc unit.
Although RE has not released any official statement yet on this matter but the motorcycle was taken down from the official Indian RE website. However what some of the reports states that the RE Electra was a low priced motorcycle in the brand portfolio and thus the margin of profit was also low for the company and thus it was stopped to promote some more expensive motorcycles like the Classic and the Thunderbird. Recently the demand for the motorcycle also dropped after RE introduced their newer range of motorcycles and thus there was no reason for continuing the sale of this motorcycle.
However if you are still looking to get your hands on the Electra model then you should definitely look into some dealerships because they are still selling the discontinued model until their stock lasts.
The now discontinued Electra was powered by four stroke, single cylinder, twinspark unit, which displaces 346cc and churns out 19.8 bhp of maximum power and 28 Nm of maximum torque. The mill comes paired to a 5-speed gearbox and also an electric start alongside the kickstart option.
Actress Kalki Koechlin’s Amazing Journey With Her Dad On A RE Himalayan: Video
We already know that many of you are quite excited about this upcoming TV Show which will be hosted by Actress Kalki Koechlin. The travel show hosted by Kalki Koechlin will be called Kalki’s Great Escape and it will be aired on Fox Life on 17th September 2016.
The show is about travelling; the actress rode all the way to North Eastern part of the Country with her dad Joel Koechlin who is photographer and also a biker himself. Kalki and her father have completed this entire 4000 km trip on their respective Royal Enfield Himalayan Motorcycles.
The daughter and father duo has covered Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh in their entire journey. There is no doubt in the fact that the places they have visited have astounding views. The viewers who will watch the show will also get to know the different culture, practices and religious beliefs of the local people. This show will definitely attract the attention of not only travelers but bikers, adventure enthusiasts and also photographers. From the teaser video this is quite clear that this won’t definitely be like any average travel show your watch on television.
Watch the video and we are pretty sure this show will give you major travelling goals.
List of 400-650cc middleweight motorcycles in India
After the quarter liter category of 200-400cc motorcycles, if there is one category of motorcycles which is growing at a rapid pace, it has to be that of the 400-650cc motorcycles. Preferred more by the seasoned riders, this category of motorcycles is the most sensible way of stepping up from a quarter liter category, to satiate the growing hunger of power and better riding capabilities, which does the job of honing one’s riding skills in an even better way.
Unlike the previous decade in which we were left to choose only from a couple of options, the Indian enthusiasts are now spoilt with a variety of options to pick up one from. Right from a sport tourer to a naked streetfighter to an adventure motorcycle and even one café racer, this segment has now got everything which one can imagine, including from the motorcycles from both home-grown manufacturers as well as international players.
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every motorcycle which falls in this woo-worthy category of 400-650cc. It is upon you to decide which option to put your hand down as your next dream machine. Here you go:-
List of Quarter Litre (200-400cc) motorcycles available in India: PART 2
This is actually the continuation of the quarter litre (200-400 cc) motorcycles available in the Indian market..
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every single motorcycle which falls under this space of Indian two wheeler industry, which ranges from naked roadsters to adventure motorcycles.
List of quarter liter (200-400cc) motorcycles available in India: PART 1
If there is one segment which is witnessing the fastest growth in the two wheeler industry, it has to be the quarter liter segment. This category, which consists of motorcycles ranging from 200cc to 400cc engines, has been in a solid action in the past 3-4 years, witnessing the arrival of new kinds of motorcycles, which were almost unheard in the market before. This segment is the new stepping stone for all those riders who have a craving for performance and wish to upgrade from their100-150cc commuters.
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every single motorcycle which falls under this space of Indian two wheeler industry, which ranges from naked roadsters to adventure motorcycles. Here you go:-
Royal Enfield Different Silencers Exhaust Note: Video
Royal Enfield Bullets are known for their thump and exhaust note but recently due to stricter emission norms Royal Enfield was forced to make the engines more environment friendly. In order to make the engine environment friendly they actually have to compromise on the exhaust note and also make sure that these engines causes less pollution. Although this may make the Government happy but the riders are noty happy because their Cruiser now lost the original thump which actually was the signature of the motorcycle once.
Although Royal Enfield actually now uses exhausts which actually generates less exhaust note but there are always aftermarket exhaust available which actually helps to give back the lost thump. Now here in this video you can actually hear what type opf noises different exhaust makes. In the very beginning you will notice the tailegunner exhaust which is then followed by Indore silenecer who actually has fitted the exhaust on 1952 G2 bullet. Then later you can also notice the newly launched Royal Enfield Himalayan 410 cc exhaust sounds followed by Megaphone silencer on the Classic.
Now remember all these silencers that are shown here may not fit every motorcycle so before you actually choose anyone for your motorcycle please read the instructions provided in this video.
2018 Royal Enfield 750
Now we have got some really good news for the Royal Enfield fans of India. Motorcyclenews.com recently spotted testing a completely new motorcycle in Spain. Royal Enfield definitely has proved their capability in the Indian market and which is quite evident from their recent sales figures. Their last few launches include the Continental GT and the Himalayan. Now both these motorcycle actually are powered by two newly developed engines while the Continental GT uses a single cylinder 535 cc unit which evolved from the 500 cc unit and is also Royal Enfield’s most powerful unit on offer while the Himalayan too uses a newly developed 410 cc engine.
The motorcycle which was caught testing was actually a test mule which used the Continental GT chassis but what was more interesting is the fact for the first time it uses what it looks like 750 cc parallel twin engine which was spied for the first time. This when launched will definitely be the most powerful engine that Royal Enfield has ever offered in the Indian market even leaving behind the 535 cc, sin gle cylinder air cooled unit that the Continental GT uses.
From what it looks like the new Royal Enfield model which was caught testing especially with the new engine was a carbureted unit instead of a fuel injected unit which we all expected. This carbureted engine actually means that the new motorcycle is meant especially for the Indian market keeping all the European emission norms in mind.
Click past jump to read more about the upcoming Royal Enfield 750